To the Editor:

Let us remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-68).

The grandson of a slave, and the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, Martin Luther King, Jr. rose to international prominence during the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s.

King was born in Atlanta and entered Morehouse College there at the age of 15.

Ordained at 18, he continued his education at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and at Boston University.

In 1953, he married Coretta Scott, a student at the New England Conservatory of Music, and in 1955 he received a Ph.D in theology.

King was the new pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., when Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery in December 1955, and the destiny of the 26-year-old minister to shape.

In November 1983, the anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., in January, became a national holiday by federal law.

Fran Smith

New Milford